Women's College Basketball

         === Penn State rallies in second half to edge Northwestern ===
 University  Park,  PA (Sports  Network) -  Maggie Lucas  scored a game-high 24
 points  as  No. 9 Penn State  put together a couple  of big runs in the second
 half to down Northwestern, 73-69, in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
 Mia  Nickson added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady
 Lions  (11-2, 1-0 Big Ten), who won their fifth straight game despite shooting
 just 29.9 percent from the floor in the contest.
 Karly  Roser paced  Northwestern (8-6, 0-1) with 16 points and Kendall Hackney
 followed  with 12  points and 11 rebounds  as the Wildcats fell for the second
 time in three games.
 Northwestern  shot 44.6 percent  in the game, but also turned the ball over 28
 times, resulting in 27 points for Penn State.
 Northwestern  scored the first six points of the game and maintained that lead
 throughout the first half en route to a 38-32 advantage at the break.
 But the Lady Lions opened the second half with a 16-7 run to go on top, 48-45,
 following Ariel Edwards' layup with just over 11 minutes left in the game.
 Penn  State  held a  one-possession lead  until Alex Cohen  later capped a 9-0
 spurt  with a shot  from beyond the arc to give the Wildcats a 60-54 edge with
 4:47 remaining.
 The  Lady Lions, however,  responded with a 14-5 run to take a 68-65 advantage
 with less than a minute left in the game. After Lauren Douglas missed a triple
 on Northwestern's ensuing possession, Alex Bentley converted on a pair of foul
 shots for a five-point lead with 36 seconds left.
 The  Wildcats would  get no closer than  two from there as Penn State was able
 to close out the game at the foul line.
 01/03 21:51:27 ET

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